Kate works and plays in Boulder, CO after a Venture for America Fellowship in Detroit. She helps Detroit Labs get the word out about their industry-altering Apprenticeship program. On the side, she runs a non-profit called Women Rising that helps women in tech find mentors and peers.
She is also known as one of the subjects in the recently released film GENERATION STARTUP and in this episode she discusses her journey filming the documentary, her passion for help women in tech rise and feel empowered, and her most valuable lessons and advice working with entrepreneurs in Detroit.
GENERATION STARTUP takes us to the front lines of entrepreneurship in America, capturing the struggles and triumphs of six recent college graduates who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit. Shot over 17 months, it’s an honest, in-the-trenches look at what it takes to launch a startup. Directed by Academy Award winner Cynthia Wade and award-winning filmmaker Cheryl Miller Houser, the film celebrates risk-taking, urban revitalization, and diversity while delivering a vital call-to-action—with entrepreneurship at a record low, the country’s economic future is at stake.
Make sure you check out www.generationstartupthefilm.com for airing dates and tickets in your local theaters.
Amy Peterson knew she wanted to work in baseball since she was young, so after she went to law school and business school she applied to work for free for any baseball team. She wound up interning for the Detroit Tigers, and she's been "paying it forward" in Detroit ever since (though now she's their lawyer, not their intern). All of this is super, but none of it is the direct reason she's being featured. The reason she's being featured is the creative outlet/hobby she turned into the social enterprise known as Rebel Nell. Initially, she was making jewelry that she sold to mom and pop stores, which made her just enough money to pay for her law books. The rest, is better told in the podcast and below:
LISTEN to find out which movie it was that got Peterson to learn about the jewelry making process and how she strives to bridge the gap between the opportunity divide.